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Jonathan Gatward

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Jonathan is primarily a transactional lawyer advising clients on the full range of corporate transactions including acquisitions, disposals, mergers, reorganisations and joint ventures, working closely with colleagues in other departments – tax, employment and property.

Jonathan acts mainly for private companies but of all sizes, including start-ups, family offices and entrepreneurs, many of whom are active internationally.

Jonathan’s clients operate across a range of business sectors, but he has a particular interest in businesses whose branding and intellectual property rights are key assets, including publishing and fashion.



Jonathan also has an expertise in partnership law, including LLPs and LPs, and advises on all aspects of their set up and structuring, management and mergers and disposals. His clients include professional practices, other business partnerships and investors.

He is a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners and an associate member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, and is recommended in The Legal 500 UK law directory.

Qualified 1996, joined Payne Hicks Beach 1997, partner 2005.

Jonathan is recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2024 for Corporate and Commercial: M&A, Corporate and Commercial: partnership and TMT: sport.

The directory writes that Jonathan is “a seasoned practitioner who has a wealth of experience advising privately owned and managed businesses across a range of different transactions” and “has a particular interest in businesses with an intellectual property angle.” It says that he is “well versed in assisting with the entire life cycle of partnerships, whether this involves general, limited liability or limited partnerships” and for his sport practice recognises that he “takes on employment, IP and sponsorship arrangements for an array of clients, with a particular specialism in the sailing space.”